Coast Guard hoists woman near Mount St. Helens

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard medically evacuated a woman off of Johnston Ridge in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument park Tuesday.

The 13th Coast Guard District Command Center received a call from the Air Force requesting assistance for a 37-year-old woman who had collapsed while hiking with a group of people.

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., launched an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to the scene. Due to the location of the woman, a hoist was necessary to transport her to the hospital.

U.S. Forest Service Rangers from the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument park, Skamania County Sheriff’s Department and Fire and Rescue and Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Department and Fire and Rescue were on scene to assist the woman being hoisted by the Coast Guard crew.

The woman has been transported to the Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center in Portland, Ore.

The woman’s condition is unknown at this time.

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